The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (Paperback)

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When it was first published in 1993, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven established Sherman Alexie as a stunning new talent of American letters. The basis for the award-winning movie Smoke Signals, it remains one of his most beloved and widely praised books. In this darkly comic collection, Alexie brilliantly weaves memory, fantasy, and stark realism to paint a complex, grimly ironic portrait of life in and around the Spokane Indian Reservation. These twenty-two interlinked tales are narrated by characters raised on humiliation and government-issue cheese, and yet are filled with passion and affection, myth and dream. Against a backdrop of alcohol, car accidents, laughter, and basketball, Alexie depicts the distances between Indians and whites, reservation Indians and urban Indians, men and women, and, most poetically, modern Indians and the traditions of the past.

Praise for The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven…


“Again and again, Alexie’s prose startles and dazzles with unexpected, impossible-to-anticipate moves. With this stunning collection, Sherman Alexie has become quite clearly an important new voice in American literature.” —The Boston Globe

“Poetic [and] unremittingly honest . . . The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is for the American Indian what Richard Wright’s Native Son was for the black American in 1940.” —The Chicago Tribune

“There is, to be sure, too much booze and too little hope on the reservation in Alexie’s work, but also resilient real people—living and loving, and, above all, laughing.” –Seattle Post-Intelligence

“Alexie’s prose startles and dazzles.” –The Boston Globe

“Poetic and unremittingly honest . . . The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven is for the American Indian what Richard Wright’s Native Son was for the black American in 1940.” —The Chicago Tribune

“Spare, disturbing stories . . . with stark, lyric power.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Alexie blends an almost despairing social realism with jolting flashes of visionary fantasy and a quirky sense of gallows humor. In Sherman Alexie's voice we hear the voice of a people asking questions we cannot answer or avoid.” —The Bloomsbury Review

“A compelling and impressive collection.” —The Washington Times

“An impressive collection. . . . His tales include all the ingredients of contemporary American Indian life: humor, heartbreak, and humanity.” —Willamette Week

“Stunning and compelling. Alexie is a visionary and by far the best writer I've seen published in recent years.” —Talk of the Town (Washington)

“Extremely fine. . . . Alexie writes with simplicity and forthrightness, allowing the power in his stories to creep up slowly on the reader.” —Publishers Weekly

“Lyrically beautiful and almost always very funny. Irony, grim humor, and forgiveness help characters transcend pain, anger and loss. The ability both to judsge and to love gives this book its searing yet affectionate honesty.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Alexie writes with grit and lyricism that perfectly capture the absurdity of a proud, dignified people living in squalor, struggling to survive in a societ they disdain. Highly recommended.” —Library Journal

“This collection of 22 short stories based on the Spokane Indian Reservation is often humorous and insightful. It views American Indian lives from a contemporary standpoint and addresses the issues facing reservation life today.” ––Diverse Issues in Higher Eduation

Product Details ISBN-10: 0802141676
ISBN-13: 9780802141675
Published: Grove Press, 03/01/2005
Pages: 272
Language: English